Chapter 12 Stress

Chapter 12 (page 588 – end) Stress and Health

Study questions

What is the definition of stress?

What kinds of life events are stressors?

What is the physiology of the stress response? What parts of the nervous system are involved?

How is stress implicated in: heart disease, susceptibility to colds/flu viruses (i.e., immune system functioning)?

How do the following play a role in coping with stress and promoting health: perceived control, social support, optimist/pessimism, Type A/Type B, personal faith, and healthy habits?

How do smoking and obesity contribute to stress or poor health?

What are the suggestions for quitting smoking and for losing weight?